Curriculum & Testing

Our Curriculum

Long before new materials are purchased, teachers work together in study teams to consider research, past experience, and "best practices" associated with their subject area. As study teams enter the "write and purchase" phase of review, curriculum plans are set. These plans take the form of a curriculum map of their course/s. The curriculum maps provide a specific description of expectations for a particular course or grade. Once curriculum plans and their supporting materials receive Curriculum Advisory Committee recommendation and school board approval, the stage is set to transition to the revised instructional strategies.

The K-12 curriculum is broken into curriculum areas. The Dassel-Cokato Schools utilize a seven year cycle to review curriculum areas.

Click here to see Dassel-Cokato Public School's Local K-3 Literacy Plan.

Click here to see Dassel-Cokato Public School's Best Work Force 2018-19 Plan.

Any questions can be directed to the Dassel-Cokato Curriculum Director, Debbie Morris at via email or by phone (320) 286-4100, ext. 1504.

District Testing Information

2018-19 Test calendar

Testing is used in schools to measure student achievement. State tests are given to students in a district once a year, based on their grade level and subject area. Classroom tests are given by individual teachers on a more regular basis and may include quizzes, mid-terms, chapter tests, and final exams, among others. Both types of tests give educators an idea of how well their students are learning the concepts presented to them in the classroom. Below you will find links to useful information and tools that teachers, parents and student can use to practice for and to understand the Minnesota Department of Education basic skills and MCA tests.

Any questions can be directed to the Dassel-Cokato Assessment Director, Brian Franklin at via email or by phone (320) 286-4100, ext. 1304.


Standards-Based Accountability Assessments

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) and alternate assessment Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) are the state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards and also meet federal and state legislative requirements. Students take one test in each subject. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility requirements may take the alternate assessment MTAS instead.

The list below shows tests by subject and the grades they are given.

  • Reading: MCA or MTAS (grades 3-8, 10)
  • Mathematics: MCA or MTAS (grades 3-8, 11)
  • Science: MCA or MTAS (grades 5, 8, and once in high school)


Test Specific Resources


Get a new perspective on learning.

Visit the Family Site

This site has thousands of learning resources to help students improve and achieve. Talk with your teacher for recommendations on areas you can focus or simply select a grade & subject below to dive into a wealth of resources. Refer to the Family Quick Start Guide for hints on how you can immediately get the most of Perspective. A synopsis highlighting learning locator, resources, and system requirements are available in the Perspective Overview.


Educators please click here to visit the Perspective website for helpful learning activities.

NOTE: Your student's Learning Locator code is on the Student Report for the MCA-III. Please contact your the office if you need more information.



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